After winning VCL South Asia Split 1, Orangutan released their VALORANT docuseries ‘Beyond the Server’, which documents their journey from the beginning
INDIA – Orangutan has unveiled their VALORANT docuseries entitled “Beyond the Server”, with the release of its zero episode today. “We have put a lot of time and resources into this. We are going to show the community everything that has happened beyond the server!” Kunal Soni, the Manager of Orangutan, told VALO2ASIA.
The organization made its foray into Riot’s first-person shooter in May 2022, forming a roster comprised of domestic and international talents hailing from India, Pakistan, South Korea, and the Philippines.
South Asia, particularly India, is one of the most prominent regions for VALORANT Esports in Asia. During the inaugural edition of the VALORANT Conquerors Championship in 2021, more than 52 thousand people tuned in, reflecting the game’s popularity in the region and setting a peak viewership record that has remained unbroken to this day.
Jai Shah, the Co-Founder of Orangutan, kicks off the documentary by commenting on the organization’s initial plan to construct a VALORANT lineup. “We were searching for a VALORANT team since October of 2021 because we had our two rosters [on other games] properly set [and] performing well. It was time for us to move to our third roster, which was the men’s [VALORANT] team,” he said.
The episode features Orangutan’s first roster iteration, Jm “tesseract” Ignacio, Mustafa “shooterR” Kamal, Yang “Persia” Zi-on, Vibhor “Vibhor” Vaid, and Prabhdeep “Ghost” Bhatia, who pulled off an upset victory against domestic powerhouse Global Esports at Skyesports Champions Series 2022. However, they encountered a rough path afterwards as they struggled to defeat Enigma Gaming and were later defeated back by Global Esports, leading to a third-place finish in the region’s qualifier for the 2022 VCT APAC Challengers Stage 2.
The episode also chronicles the organization’s journey in building its current roster, which most recently lifted the VCL South Asia Split 1 trophy, defeating Gods Reign in a swift 3-0 victory in the grand final. Anticipate further details about upcoming episodes to be provided on their social media accounts.
The synopsis given by Orangutan is as follows:
“Episode 0 of ‘Beyond the Server’ takes you on a journey back to the early days of Orangutan’s Valorant team. As we revisit the challenges and struggles of our very first roster, and the lessons we learned along the way. Witness the highs and lows of our early competitions, and the journeys of our players as they pushed themselves to be the best. Despite our best efforts, the team couldn’t sustain their performance, and we were faced with a difficult decision. But from those difficult times emerged a new opportunity, and the chance to build something even greater.
Experience the highs and lows of competitive Valorant like never before with Orangutan’s groundbreaking new docuseries, ‘Beyond the Server’. Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, candid interviews, and pulse-pounding gameplay, this documentary takes you on a journey through the trials and tribulations of Orangutan’s Valorant team. From intense practice sessions to intense tournament battles, witness the passion and dedication that drives these players to be the best. Discover the strategies and tactics they use to overcome their opponents, as well as the personal struggles and triumphs that define their journey. With ‘Beyond the Server’, Orangutan opens the door to the fascinating and fast-paced world of esports and invites you to experience it for yourself.”
Cover photo courtesy of Orangutan